Cross River Sets Up Waste Management Agency
San Francisco, August 07, (THEWILL) - Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has taken a significant step towards a sustainable solution to waste management challenges in the state, by assenting to a Bill to establish the Cross River State Waste Management Agency.
The agency will be responsible for the efficient and effective collection, evacuation, appropriate treatment and disposal of waste from private and public premises, in all urban areas in the state, and will undertake the establishment, management and maintenance of landfill, dumpsites, waste collection and treatment sites and locations for the purpose of facilitating the sustainable and environmentally friendly management and disposal of waste in the State, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Environment.
The agency will also undertake the removal and disposal of silt and obstructions from gutters and drains, and surcharge any person whose misconduct creates any such obstruction.
The Agency to be headed by a General Manager and shall have a 7-member board to over see its affairs.
"This will enable us better manage our waste in the most modern and efficient manner, ensuring that we maintain our status as the cleanest and greenest State in Nigeria", Imoke stated, while assenting to the bill.
Although Cross River State is adjudged as one of the cleanest in Nigeria, Governor Imoke is not sitting back, but rather taking proactive steps to ensure that all environmental waste management challenges are addressed. The move is expected to further boost the growing tourism status of the state.